What's up with folk and country

Baltimore's alt-country mainstays June Star just put out their eighth album, Kill the Lights. They put on a great live show at Windup the other night and you can listen to Kill the Lights at*

On July 14, some of our favorite people here at Strum und Twang will be coming together for Roots Cafe. Adam Trice of Red Sammy joins Letitia VanSant to share their songs in the round with City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes. We can only hope Trice and VanSant do a couple duets. They could be Baltimore's Conway and Loretta.

The Mole Suit Choir-the inimitable duo, pictured below, of Rupert Wondolowski and Liz Downing-has been making some spectacularly gorgeous music lately. We have it on good authority that they are recording an album for local stalwart Ehse Records. S&T has been lucky enough to hear a couple tracks, and it is like nothing else in town, so get ready. You've got a good chance to see them live while also helping out with a noble cause. Bob O'Brien, leader of the WORMS reading series and member of the band Cosmic Rays, has been diagnosed with testicular cancer-bringing in medical bills upwards of $10 grand. Like most poets and musicians, he doesn't have insurance, and that's why we all need to come together and help out. The Mole Suit Choir will be doing just that along with a number of other bands, poets, and artists who are donating their work at Bob's Ball of Worms at the Metro Gallery on July 26. For more info, visit the event's Facebook page.

The Country Devils (who have had the misfortune of sharing the stage with S&T's musical projects) will be playing, along with Greensky Bluegrass and a slew of others, at Hot August Blues on Aug. 17. For more information, visit

Speaking of festivals, the Baltimore Folk Festival already has a smokin' lineup for Oct. 12. Bobby E. Lee and the Sympathizers, Great American Canyon Band, Her Fantastic Cats (who report they are finishing up a new album), the Happy Hours, the Manly Deeds, and more are all on board. For information, visit

Finally, get out and play. Last time, we reported that Liam Flynn was hosting bluegrass and old-timey jams on Tuesday nights at Liam Flynn's Ale House. We stopped by last week and were surprised to see how many fiddlers there are in town. The next one is July 23 at 7:30 p.m. For more info, visit

* An earlier version of this article reported that June Star was playing at Bertha's on July 14. This is inaccuarate. City Paper regreats the error.